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I've only ever used bleach on my upper lip, and I'm now 50. Recently a few hairs are getting thicker and very dark and the bleach is just not working as it used too.
I'm not a big one for beauty treatments; I've always regretted shaving my legs as a teen, and since the menopause am getting even hairier. I have learnt to live with hair that can be covered with clothing and only exposed occasionally,but this facial hair is a bit scary. Can you talk me through the options?
You can go for waxing, but it hurts, isn't too great for your fact, and IME young beauticians who don't look like Billy Goat Gruff, like me tend to miss hairs, and it becomes embarassing to point them out. In the end, I settled on depilatory cream, Nair or something, but the sensitive one. Three minutes and you can take it off. I still need to pluck the hairs appearing above the surface every day, but this way I get away with using the cream once a week.
IPL is an option, it can be done in salons or you can do it at home with the Philips Lumea, which is quite expensive! It doesn't work so well on some skin types though, fair skin with dark hair works best I believe. It's painless, just feels a bit hot. You have to do it regularly for the first few weeks, and then every 6 weeks thereafter. BUT you have to prep the hairs first with waxing/plucking/whatever.
I found waxing ok on my upper lip really, the area is so small that it's over very quickly. I preferred veet's favial strips, so I could do it at home. It can make your skin red so it is best done before bed IME. But as spongebob said, it can miss hairs (and I found that going over the same hairs over and over myself caused a very sore and flaky reaction!)
I pluck the couple at the edges that are annoyingly wiry (so I'd sit and fiddle with if I didn't pull them out) - otherwise, I just don't worry any more. I used to bleach the lot (and my knuckles!), and TBH, I've not had any funny looks or comments - even from DP since I stopped a few years ago.
I think that people just don't notice.
I tried threading, but the pain of it was unbelievable - nose and eyes watering - it just didn't seem worth it - plus then my face looked weird to me - hair-free upper lip, but the rest of my face covered with the normal downy fuzz.